Thursday, November 1, 2007

Congratulations to Craig Trebilcock

Golden Venture advocate Craig Trebilcock has scored another victory for sanity. Craig was part of the legal team in a civil suit against a Kansas church group that showed up at the funeral of a marine killed in Iraq with placards stating "Thank God for IEDs" and "Fag Troops" (see the coverage in The Baltimore Sun). The small Kansas church has targeted military funerals around the country for its protests, forums to express its view that US losses in Iraq are God's way of punishing us for allowing gays in the military. A federal judge awarded $11 million in damages to the soldier's family.

I'm not quick to advocate anything that restricts freedom of speech -- but crashing a funeral is such an egregious infringement on the rights of the grieving family that a punitive aware seems justified.

The news coverage didn't mention it, but Craig must have been particularly effective in making the case because he himself is an Iraq vet.

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